Tag Archive for 'Janez Potočnik'

New rules for cleaner ship fuels will improve English Channel air quality

December 19th, 2012 by European Commission

New European environmental rules on marine fuels, entered into force on 17 December 2012. These rules will substantially reduce air pollution and its impacts on human health. Air pollutants from maritime shipping are transported long distances and contribute increasingly to the air quality problems in many European cities. Without any action, sulphur emissions from shipping […]

European air pollution reducing life expectancy by up to 2 years

September 25th, 2012 by European Environment Agency

Almost a third of Europe’s city dwellers are exposed to excessive concentrations of airborne particulate matter (PM), which is one of the most important pollutants in terms of harm to human health as it penetrates sensitive parts of the respiratory system. The EU has made progress over the past decades to reduce the air pollutants […]

Waste management and recycling can make a big contribution to economic growth and job creation

January 15th, 2012 by European Commission

Full implementation of EU waste legislation would save €72 billion a year, increase the annual turnover of the EU waste management and recycling sector by €42 billion and create over 400,000 jobs by 2020 according to a European Commission study. Illegal waste operations in EU Member States are causing missed opportunities for economic growth, but […]

EU survey shows many Europeans don’t know how much they throw away

March 31st, 2011 by European Commission

Almost 60% of EU citizens do not think their household produces too much waste, according to a Eurobarometer survey published on 28 March 2011. This is in stark contrast to statistics that show Europeans throw away on average more than half a tonne of rubbish each every year. The survey also reveals a lack of […]